Sunday, December 30, 2012

Punny Valentine

Hello Peeps!  What a busy week it has been!  The weather has finally started to feel like winter and we got SNOW!.  Not much, but I will take what I can get.  With the New Year upon us, why not look ahead to Valentine's Day and Valentine's cards?  That is exactly what I did with today's Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS.  Sabrina is being featured today and she has a full gallery of fun, quirky diverse cards.  The card I chose for inspiration has a dog on it and lots of polka dots.  This is my interpretation of her card-

I paper pieced this dog image from Unity and stamped my banner with dots.  I fussy cut the red chevrons out of an embossed panel.  I really must get some chevron dies!  The sentiment is computer generated.  I used Crystal Effects to give this pooch a wet nose!  The ears, dog tag, and tail are popped up on dimensionals. This will be a Valentine card for my son-notice there is no pink and no hearts on this card? ;) 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and have a wonderful and Blessed New Year!

Lee Ann :)

Supplies used-
Stamps-dog-Unity; Darling Dots-MFT
Paper-Sweet Tooth-MFT; Real Red, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Designer dsp from Stampin' Up
Ink-Stazon Black, Craft Black
Other-Crystal Effects, MFT Fishtail Flag Stax, SU Chevron EF, dimensionals

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:8-12- And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were afraid.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger."

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas!

Lee Ann

This card is being entered in Our Daily Bread Designs weekly challenge

Supplies used-
Stamps-Verve-Joy to the World, ODBD Baby Jesus
Paper-Early Espresso, Very Vanilla (SU), dsp-MME 
Ink-Stazon Brown, distress ink, Versamark
Other-Stampin' Up Oval Framelits, gold ep, Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT), burlap

Friday, December 21, 2012

Simple Thanks

Wahoo!  It is Christmas break!  Time to enjoy the holidays and recharge for the new year.  We had snow flurries yesterday, but nothing stuck.  I am hoping for snow.  I know many of you would rather the weather stay warm and precipitation free!  Which category do you fall into?  Either way, today is the first day of winter and the official start to the Christmas holiday for me.  To celebrate, I played in the Free for All challenge at SCS and got my card done early for a change. 
Today's challenge is to make a simple Thank You card-one we would be willing to reproduce.  Well, I don't like to reproduce any cards-I like the creative process.  This card had to be really easy to want to reproduce it.

This was easy peasy; I stamped the Everything Eleanor image on Naturals Ivory in Craft Black ink.  I punched the circular image from the Festival of Prints dsp Stack and adhered it (with a dimensional) to the center of the stamped image.  The Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment is stamped in black.  I scored around the Naturals Ivory panel and then layered on another dsp from the Festival of Prints pack.  The card base is Naturals Ivory. 
This card was so easy I may actually reproduce it! I need several cards for students who gave me Christmas gifts.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Snowy Sketch

Hello All!  I had more time to play this evening, so I was able to participate in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the Paper Players challenge.

This is my cas snowflake card using the FMS sketch-

 This came together fairly easily, once I decided on the stamp to use.  The image is stamped in Early Espresso and then stamped again in Versamark and embossed in pewter ep.  I then die cut the embossed snowflake out and popped it up on a dimensional and layered it on the original image.
My new favorite color combo is Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  I have always used one or the other until recently, and now love the look of the two together.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies used-
Stamps-So Many Scallops (SU)
Paper-Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Snow Festival and Candlelight Christmas dsp (SU)
Ink-Early Espresso, Versamark
Other-Pewter ep, dimensional, MFT Fishtail Flag Stax and Circle Stax

A Bluebird CASE

Hello Everyone and a Happy Sunday to you!  Can you believe it is less than 2 weeks 'til Christmas?  I know I have not completed all that I need to.  I will be at the stores this afternoon finding that elusive perfect gift. 
Today's SCS Featured Stamper is Gail, and she has a beautiful gallery and does some beautiful coloring.  I cased one of her lovely cards in white with a bird image on it.  Here is my take on her card. 
This was supposed to be a quick card for me, but I seemed to have to fight everything this morning-the Spellbinders, the pearls, the it took alot longer than I anticipated. I do like the end product.  This is the first time inking up this wonderful Stampendous image, Bluebirds.  I stamped it in Stazon Brown and colored it with Stampin' Up inks and a blender pen.  The card base is 5x5 and matted with Soft Sky cs embossed with the Tweets and twigs mbossibility folder.  The bird image is cut with an oval Spellbinder and sponged around the edge while still in the frame with Soft Sky ink.  The image is mounted on a Labels One die cut.  I embellished with a flourish from Venetian Motifs and flowers made from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack from SU.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and have a blessed week before Christmas!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies used-
Stamps-Bluebirds by Stampendous
Paper-SU Soft Sky and Whisper White; MFT Sweet Tooth
Ink-Stazon Brown, SU Ballet Blue, Basic Gray, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Blush Blossom, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky
Other-Blender pen (SU), Itty Bitty Punch Pack (SU), Pearls, Spellbinders Label One, Ovals, and Venetian Motifs Dies and Tweets and Twigs ef

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Sketch and Pastels

Hello Everyone!  I hurried home from work today to squeeze in some stamping time.  The sketch at SCS is a nice basic sketch today-

Here is my take on this sketch-

I got it in my brain that  I wanted to do a soft, pastel Christmas card, but with a bit of whimsy.  I chose this adorable reindeer image and watercolored him.  The background mat is embossed with white holly leaves and pink berries.  I forgot to cut my image panel down to size before I glued everything down (Oops!), so I had to trim the corners off after the card was completed (including the wet stickles!). Thus, the panel overlaps the blue card base, which is not what I had intended to do.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog; you are a blessing!

Lee Ann :)

Supplies used-
Stamps-Holly and Berries (PTI), sentiment (PTI), reindeer-Special Delivery by Stampendous
Paper-all SU-Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, Naturals White, Whisper White
Ink-Stazon black, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, various browns, various greens, Pretty in Pink, Versamark
Other-white ep, Aquapainter, silver Stickles, Silver pen (CM), Vintage oval die (Verve), Flourish (MFT), Shimmer Mist

Monday, December 10, 2012

Another Go at CAS Cards

 Please excuse the mess!  Blog under construction. 

Today's CAS challenge at SCS was based on a piece of fabric-a lovely floral in grays, mustard yellow, white and red.  Here is my take on that challenge-

I feel I am still working out some "kinks" with the cas (clean and simple) style.  The more I look at this card though, the more it grows on me.  I stamped the flowers on Whisper White CS and fussy cut them.  The Swirl is stamped in Basic Gray and the florals adhered to the panel, with one of them popped up on dimensionals. The flower centers were watercolored with Cherry Cobbler ink; I added pearls colored with a Copic marker to one flower center.  The panel was machine stitched and popped up on dimensionals. 
Thanks so much for stopping by my corner of blogland.
Blessings to you!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies used-
Stamps-SU Everything Eleanor, Tiny Tags
Paper-More Mustard, Whisper White, Naturals White
Ink-Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler
Other-pearls, dimensionals, sewing (machine)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

ODBD Sketch Challenge

Please excuse the mess; blog under construction!

I had a little time to craft this afternoon, after trying to catch up on all of the things I have been neglecting.  I finally have the Christmas tree up and most of the decorating done.  Time to squeeze in a little stamping!
I love the Our Daily Bread Designs stamps and one of their newest ones, Baby Jesus, is no exception. I used the image for this week's sketch challenge-

I really like how this turned out-it is so simple yet speaks volumes about the true meaning of Christmas.  I need that reminder sometimes.  I used My Mind's Eye 'Sunshine" dp and Cosmo Cricket dp along with Very Vanilla and Early Espresso Stampin' Up CS.  The image and sentiment are stamped in Early Espresso and the edges are sponged with Van Dyke brown ink.  You can't really see it in the photo, but the dp that the image is matted on has rays coming from it so gives the appearance of Baby Jesus radiating light. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies used-Stamps-Baby Jesus and sentiment from Worship the Lord, both ODBD
Paper-Very Vanilla and Early Espresso (SU), MME, Cosmo Cricket
Ink-Early Espresso(SU), Van Dyke brown
Other-burlap, MFT Circle Stax and Fishtail Flag Stax, ribbon

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Natural Noel

First of all, please excuse this mess of a blog!  I am trying to make changes, but they don't come easily given my lack of computer prowess.  Hopefully it will be much improved by the weekend! 
Today's color challenge at SCS is Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso.  I substituted Baja Breeze for the Marina Mist as I do not have that color.

I used Stampin' Up's retired Peaceful Wishes for this, stamping the pine cones in Early Espresso and fussy cutting them out.  The berries are in Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler-the stamp was colored with SU markers, then stamped on Naturals Ivory.  They were also fussy cut out.  The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and Cherry cobbler, heat embossed with clear ep on Naturals Ivory paper and fussy cut.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Supplies used are all Stampin' Up-
Stamps-Peaceful Wishes, Greetings of the Season
Paper-Naturals Ivory, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, dsp
Ink-Cherry Cobbler, Versamark, Early Espresso
Other-Apothecary Framelits, clear ep, Scalloped edge punch, Dimensionals, Simply Scored

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Quilted Christmas

I needed a card for Tuesday's Card Club so I decided to case my own card-this one.  I really wanted to use my new single stamp, Merry Christmas and I thought this layout would work well.  This is also a good way to use up scraps. 

This was just not the day where things go smoothly; I debossed instead of embossed my quilt, I used Chocolate Chip ink instead of Early Espresso ink and I put my fingers in the Dazzling Details.  Not to mention instead of adhering panels, I glued my card shut!  Ever have one of those days??  Anyway, I think the girls will like it.  I do think I need an Early Espresso mat behind the snowflake, so will have to add that.
 Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Have a blessed week! 

Lee Ann

Supplies used (All Stampin' Up)-
Stamps-Single Merry Christmas (limited time availablity), Snowflakes
Paper-Early Espresso, Whisper White, Christmas dsp (retired)
Ink-Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip
Other-Argyle ef, Stripes ef, Top Note die, 1 3/8" circle punch, Apothecary Framelits, pearls

Blue Christmas

Hello All!  I hope you are enjoying your Sunday, this first Sunday of Advent.  I have a Christmas card for you that is for the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS as well as the ODBD challenge, which is to include an ornament or something hanging on our cards. I used a new stamp that I have been playing with and it has multiple ornaments on it. 

My card is 5x5.  I stamped my image in Versamark on Baja Breeze paper and embossed it in white.  I cut it out with a Spellbinder and then matted it on a Whisper White Top Note die cut.  I added pearls and rhinestones to all of the baubles on the tree.  The pearls that were white I colored with a Copic marker.  The sentiment is cut out with my favorite new little die, the Vintage Oval from Verve.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

 Lee Ann:)

Products used-
Stamps-Christmas tree-ODBD; sentiment is from SU-Greetings of the Season
Paper-SU Whisper White, Baja Breeze and River Rock CS; dp unknown
Ink-Versamark, Baja Breeze, Van Dyke Brown distress ink
Other-white ep, Spellbinder, SU top Note die, Verve Vintage Oval die, Micheal's pearls and rhinestones, SU pearls, copic marker, ribbon
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